Sunday, May 31, 2015

Spring Break 2015

This year for spring break we headed to sunny Idaho. We got lucky, and it was actually sunny. Past experience has taught me, however, that spring break comes early enough that snow could be an issue in the mountain passes in Oregon/Washington. Combine that with the harrowing drive home we made in January, and Eric happily bought us tickets for the airplane :)

The kids and I left on Friday, so we could make it for cousin Morgan's baptism on Saturday morning. Eric came later the next week, after he got a little work done.

This trip Ward got his very own (hand-me-down with Amos' name on it) backpack. He felt pretty darn big.

Unfortunately, it didn't take long for his inner two-year-old to come out and he got banished to luggage riding.

We got to our gate way too early, and there weren't any seats! So, we set up camp on the floor. It wasn't too bad, actually.

I did have to let Ward start his "for the flight" movie early though.

Luckily, it carried over onto the plane.

These two are pros:

The even ordered their own diet cokes.

 This guy had a more age-appropriate ginger ale.

I couldn't get any shots of Amos, because he was on the inside by the window with a stranger between us. He didn't make a peep the whole flight.

Once in Idaho, the fun began right away. The kids were in the pool within about 20 minutes of getting to Grammy and Grampy's house.

Like I mentioned before, the next morning was Morgan's baptism. Such a special day for her!

Morgan's Grandpa Iverson (and Grandma) were in town the occasion, and boy, was he a hit with my kids. They sure loved him!

After the baptism excitement settled down, we enjoyed a quiet week with Grammy, Grampy, and the Iversons. Grammy had a great sewing project for the kids. They each made a great little bag to hold their scriptures in when they take them to church.

There was lots of time playing outside. Car driving and trampoline tricks were a big hit.

We went to the movies and saw Cinderella (so good!)

And we visited the construction site for the Meridian (in Eagle) Temple. Very cool to see the process. Maggie is still carrying around her rock from the site in her pocket.

And then there was more pool time. This trip was Ward's first time really embracing the whole swimming thing. It was great.

My view wasn't too shabby either :)

Before we knew it, it was time to pack up and head back home. At least it was only a quick flight away!

Thanks for a great time, Idaho!

Star Student: Maggie, Kindergarten Edition

In April, Maggie had her week as Star Student at school. It was pretty low key, but she enjoyed being line leader, teacher's special helper, etc.

I stopped by her class after one of my shifts helping out in Amos' class and took a picture of her Star Student wall.

It was as fantastic as she is.

In case you need a translation:
When I grow up I want to be...A pet shop girl
My favorite things...dogs, flowers, and bunnies
My three wishes...a million more wishes so Amos can have some too

Monday, May 18, 2015

First Piano Recital

At the end of March, Maggie's Kindergarten teacher (who is the most amazing teacher on earth) hosted a kindergarten piano recital. She'd taught ALL of the kids how to play a song and then taught them presentation skills. It was special and adorable, even if they all played the same song.

Ward clapped and cheered after every performance. The kids loved it.

After about four kids went, Audrey turned to me and said, "this song, again?"

The kids had the cutest little spread of cookies and punch for us and we left happy and uplifted.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Mags Joins the Lost Tooth Club

Way back in March, Maggie lost her first tooth.

And in true Maggie fashion, she made art to commemorate the occasion. That's how she rolls.

I've taken so long to blog this, she already has another, very wiggly tooth.

Family on the Go

Forgive my phrasing, but the Hornes have been getting around these past few months. We've been so lucky to get to go and do lots of things, but more importantly to see lots of people that are important to us (Jeff Probst, I'm looking at you [just kidding, we haven't been to see him yet-soon!]).

Interestingly enough, life didn't go as planned for us earlier this year and as I shook my fists at God, one of the first things I said to Eric was, "wah! we're not going to be able to travel or go anywhere or do anything." I was overreacting, but at the same time, I feel like these opportunities we've had to go places have been a direct result of that fist shaking. Not that God rewards fist shaking, but that He remembers us, even if we're sure He hasn't. Even when it seems like there will be no way, He finds a way to make one for us.

Anyway, Eric is going to hate this post, but I want to remember that experience. It was important to me and I grew from it.

So, since pictures of cute kids can redeem just about anything, here you go:

And what's that there by my luggage in the closet?

Why, it's a weird nakey boy hiding from his bath! Duh.

Saturday, May 2, 2015


This March marked the third time the Tulip festival has rolled around since we moved to Washington. The first year we were still in temporary housing and knew nothing about anything, and last year, even though the Tulip festival did cross my radar, we didn't make it. As they say, the third time is the charm.

Nan and Pop Horne came for a visit in March, and because of the early bloom they were able to join us for our day trip up to the tulips. I don't know if they think that was lucky or not?

We did get great weather, but being early spring in Washington, things were still a bit wet. And muddy.

Funny enough, the first field we approached was actually daffodils. From the car one might assume yellow tulips (at the tulip festival), but nope.

We kept walking though, and did find the tulips. They were so cool.

All was well, for the most part. Until we chose the road less traveled.

Turns out there is a reason for that.

And my mom wonders why I travel with a change of clothes for each of the kids. If I was really on top of things I'd have a portable shower in the back of my car.

One of the coolest parts of the festival were the "display gardens." I have zero desire to work in a garden, but gosh I like looking at them.

We're going again next year for sure!